Small pottery oil lamp, probably Egyptian or Romano-Egyptian, 1st century AD.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Small pottery oil lamp, probably Egyptian or Romano-Egyptian, 1st century AD.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

This is an example of one of the earliest lamps ever found. Most lamps like this were fuelled by oil, both vegetable and mineral. This example was found in Egypt and used a primitive form of wick to soak up the oil so that it burned slowly and evenly.
 

Image Ref.

10214537
 

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